Rumored AMD Zen Chipset Issues Could Raise Cost for Motherboards
The AMD Zen chipset is another one of the most anticipated products from AMD. This was recently delayed and pushed to 2017 due to numerous factors including poor PC market demand. Now it seems that there might be some issue in the AMD Zen Chipset design that will cost motherboard makers.
ASMedia was given the RnD for the AMD Zen Chipset and it seems that they are responsible for the design issues. The design issues in the AMD Zen Chipset will cost motherboard makers $2-5. The issue is with the USB 3.1, data transfer speed drops significantly with increase in circuit distance.
Motherboard makers will have to work their way around this problem by installing an independent USB 3.1 IC. ASMedia has denied any such design flaw stating that this is nothing more than a rumor. The AMD Zen chipset will be in production by the end of the year and will go on sale in 2017.
A lot relies on this AMD Zen chipset meeting expectations and performance levels claimed by AMD. This rumor can be nothing at all and even if it is true then I do not think people will mind paying the additional cost.
PC gamers pay an average of $500 on PC builds so the additional cost is negligible. I do not know about you but for me this does not seem like a big issue. And it is not like motherboard makers are pulling money out of their pockets. The cost will be shifted to the consumer anyways.
AMD has confirmed that the AMD Zen chipset is on track but has not commented about anything specific about the solution. The internet has a ton of leaks whenever something like this comes forward so we might get more details about the AMD Zen even if AMD does not want to talk about it.